Berlin: Inventing the Modern City (MG 319: 3 credits)
German Language (GR 150: 3 credits)
Two electives (6 credits)
See below for course descriptions.
This course introduces “strategic foresight” as an extension of innovation. Students will explore why this concept is relevant in the current, fast-moving, business environment. Topics include the business applications of design, digital marketing and deliberate thinking about long-term future developments and uncertainties. Students will discuss case studies, engage with Berlin's vibrant design and business community, and conduct a final project that explores the impact of a disruptive product or process across industries.
This course provides a historical overview of events, politics, and visual culture that have shaped Berlin’s identity over the last two centuries. Classes are coordinated with site visits to locations selected for both their architectural significance and their reflection of the different periods of Berlin’s complex history, with special emphasis on the last 25 years, after the fall of the Wall. The course begins with the emergence of Berlin as a modern European city at the beginning of the 19th century and examines developments through the destruction brought about by the Second World War. Students then compare the efforts on both sides of the Wall to rebuild according to economic and ideological principles determined by the Cold War and explore how reunification offered Berlin a chance to reinvent itself as a contemporary capital and vibrant, cosmopolitan world city.
This introductory course will give students the practical knowledge of basic German that will enable them to engage directly with the city and its people. The course is comprehensive enough to allow for continued study of German upon return to the Northfield campus, if desired. Intermediate or advanced speakers of German will have an opportunity to take language courses suited to their level of knowledge.